Besides wanting to support a candidate who reflects their positions on moral issues, many conservative Christians are looking for one who will take an uncompromising stance on our national defense and will do everything to guarantee our personal safety. In fact, many conservative Christians consider this to be the paramount issue in this election. Reflecting this general view, in a stunning move last year, Pat Robertson himself went so far as to endorse the openly pro-choice candidate Rudy Giuliani. Robertson obviously felt that conservative Christians should be willing to overlook the abortion issue in favor of a more important concern – the issue of security.
But is it possible that conservative Christians are missing an issue that should be of even greater concern?
Most Christians are familiar with the general outlines of biblical eschatology (relating to future prophecies), and many have probably read more than one book on the subject. Briefly put, the Bible (especially the book of Revelation) depicts a scenario in which the entire population of the world is unified under a brutal and repressive one-world government which controls all commerce through means of a "mark," without which one is unable to buy or sell. Those who study biblical prophecy generally agree that the ruler of this government appears to be a religious dictator who will come to power during a time of great political and economic upheaval.
In our post 9-11 society we have seen our government, in the name of public safety, form the Department of Homeland Security as well as legislate and implement the Patriot Act. What we must all realize is that legislation such as the Patriot Act, which on the surface is intended to protect the United States from terrorism, simultaneously strips American citizens of many of our most basic civil liberties. Additionally, a law has recently been enacted that mandates a national ID card, which will eventually be required for airline travel, entering a courthouse, and receiving government benefits (and that's just the beginning). Plans to embed a microchip within the ID card have been postponed but not eliminated. In a few years, it is entirely conceivable that the whole population of the United States could be required to be chipped in the interests of "national security."
Furthermore, trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA could be logically viewed as a key part of an overall movement toward a unified global government and a unified currency. To quote from Dr. Paul's website: "NAFTA's superhighway is just one part of a plan to erase the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, called the North American Union. This spawn of powerful special interests, would create a single nation out of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, with a new unelected bureaucracy and money system."
Many conservative Christians are so focused on the terrorist threat that they have not even given thought to the implications of the gradual loss of our civil liberties and our national sovereignty. I believe that this is a grave mistake; in fact, I would even go so far as to say that the erosion of our civil liberties and our national sovereignty is a far greater threat to Americans than any threats from militant Islamists.
While some conservative Christians recognize that these trends resemble the futuristic circumstances found in the Bible, many of them have adopted a helpless and fatalistic viewpoint – believing that it is pointless to fight the inevitable tide of prophetic events. Others take the perspective that they won't be around when it all happens, so what's to worry? To these people I would suggest that biblical prophecy is never easy to interpret and that many current perspectives could be completely wrong. In fact, many past interpretations and predictions have proven to be wrong, and conservative Christians are not at all unified in their interpretations of most of the book of Revelation. Their viewpoints range from preterist to historicist to futurist, pre/a/post-millennial, pre/mid/post-tribulation, and all points in between.
Here's my point. Because we cannot know with certainty all the details of what the future may hold, I believe that we as conservative Christians have a responsibility to zealously (even religiously) defend our precious civil liberties, our national sovereignty, and the economic stability of our country – not only for ourselves, but for all future generations. If we do nothing, our children will likely be living in a world that bears an astonishing resemblance to that described in the book of Revelation.
Wake up Christians! Ron Paul doesn't quote scripture and wear his religious beliefs like a fluorescent button on his shirt. His quiet faith is expressed in his firm, moral public behavior, and in his private life. Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who has directly stood up against the encroaching threat of the Globalists as they push toward world government and Armageddon. He has tirelessly opposed all threats to our national sovereignty and our individual civil liberties. He has a clear intellectual grasp of the issues that currently affect our nation that no other candidate has articulated. And unlike the other candidates, the solutions he proposes to our economic and foreign policy challenges are comprehensive.
For these reasons, I believe that Ron Paul is the candidate who deserves our fervent support.
January 17, 2008